Welcome to the land where everything is possible. The city of Dubai is home to sheer luxury — think mega malls and luxury brands, high-end gourmet restaurants and rooftop bars that look out on to Dubai’s impressive skyline, world-famous attractions and buzzing beach clubs, indulgent desert safaris and fast cars. Simply put, it’s a city that lets you live out your dreams with a focus on gastronomy, adventure activities, remarkably relaxing spa trips, retail therapy, sightseeing jaunts, beach time, dessert dinners, high teas…the list goes on! Naturally, weddings in Dubai are an exuberant and luxurious affair with no detail spared. The city is a melting pot of cultures — people from across the world call Dubai their home — and so you’ll see a mix of traditional Middle Eastern elements and global trends, not only when it comes to the architecture of Dubai’s notable buildings, but also in the range of food on offer. Another reason for Dubai gaining traction as a popular wedding destination is the presence of some of the choicest hotels. There’s the sprawling Atlantis The Palm, a microcosm of decadent vacationing and the epitome of Dubai’s magnanimous nature. Popular venues for destination weddings in Dubai include the Dusit Thani, the Burj Al Arab, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, and the Four Seasons Dubai — all of which have a good understanding of Indian weddings and their requirements. We also can’t help but mention Dubai’s love for all things bespoke, a trend that extends to destination weddings too.
The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, also continues to rank high as a popular choice for destination weddings. The bustling metropolis has enough tourist attractions, retail havens and gourmet stops to keep one busy for days on end. The city has also rightfully gained a reputation for being the art hub of the UAE — from the Etihad Modern Art Gallery and the Abu Dhabi Art Hub right up to huge institutions like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, it is inarguably one of the most art-driven cities in the region. Here too, top-notch hotels and resorts cater to destination weddings of all sizes with food, venues, décor and unhinged fun as the distinct focal point.
Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi can be exciting options for a Middle Eastern wedding destination. Furthermore, these cities are viable and convenient to plan a wedding in tandem with your destination wedding planner. They are just a short, direct flight away from most major cities and there are a good number of flight options per day — a factor that makes travel easier on your guests, especially if they are elderly. Another reason that makes these cities an ideal pick for your destination wedding is the familiarity factor. After all, whether you plan an itinerary for them or not, they won’t find it difficult or inconvenient to keep themselves busy during your destination wedding in either or both cities.